Fix it for­ward – Joel Leonard

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - NEWS -

Un­til more of our main­stream me­dia start to glo­rify the skilled worker, and in­form par­ents that the world of man­u­fac­tur­ing is not what it was, we will con­tinue to have anaemic growth of this skill base.

We need more people to at­tend con­fer­ences and share their ideas. Sadly, many com­pa­nies are look­ing at con­fer­ences as ex­pen­sive wastes of time, and don't re­alise that a brief visit may gen­er­ate a ma­jor pro­duc­tion break­through.

How­ever, that is long-term think­ing, and sadly com­pa­nies of­ten mea­sure their cor­po­rate lead­er­ship based on quar­terly re­sults. That short term-vi­sion is killing our in­dus­trial cul­ture.

We also need more com­pa­nies to adopt pipe­line de­vel­op­ment pro­grammes and men­tor more talent. Also, make it a part of the pro­gramme that the pro­tégé must lo­cate and train their re­place­ment if a “bet­ter” job emerges for their skills.

Imag­ine what would hap­pen if more of us lead­ers taught more, learned more, and led more to pro­mote the value of main­te­nance in our MBA pro­grammes.

Ap­pren­tice­ships are im­por­tant of course, but very dif­fi­cult for many com­pa­nies to fund. How­ever, re­gions can de­velop core skills and pri­or­i­ties, and de­velop col­lec­tive strate­gies.

I hope to be back for the MESNZ con­fer­ence in Hamil­ton in Novem­ber and hope to see you then.

If you would like to help FIX IT For­ward and share chal­lenges and suc­cesses, please email me at

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